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: -- he, too, was taken aback by the news that pope benedict would be stepping down february 28th for health reasons. >> we we saw him in rome in october, we realized how frail he's becoming. i think it's a courageous act on his part. >> reporter: the 85-year-old pope had been considering resigning for several months because he's tired, having trouble walking and had recently been advised by his doctor not to embark on any more trans-atlantic flights. the pontiff released a statement that reads in part, quote, after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry. >> i'm very disappointed because, in my lifetime, every pope has followed the natural path of dying and then electing a new pope. >> that's kind of sad that he has to go, but you know, at least he realizes that he can't continue. >> most of the news people were saying, well, he's a rottweiler pope, well, no, he wasn't. he was a pope who spoke on love. and he has a strong legacy
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